Natalia M Belting Sound Recording Collection


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

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Collection Overview

Title: Natalia M Belting Sound Recording Collection, 1902-1911Add to your cart.

ID: 12/9/106

Primary Creator: Belting, Natalia Maree (1915-1997)

Extent: 2.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by title.

Date Acquired: 05/12/1992

Subjects: Bands, Folk music, Vaudeville songs -- United States

Formats/Genres: Sound Recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of fifty-two 2- and 4-minute Edison cylinders commercially produced recordings from the Edison Standard, Edison Gold Moulded, and Edison Amberol labels recorded ca. 1902 to 1911, and an Edison Standard Phonograph cylinder player, ca. 1905. Four general categories of recordings are represented: 1) Vaudevilles/Comic songs, 2) Orchestral music (to include solo vocal and instrumental selections with orchestral accompaniment), 3) Folk/Country and Old-Time Music, and 4) Band/Instrumental music. A collection of original casings for the cylinders has been retained although the case markings do not coincide with the contents of the cylinders which were housed therein.

Biographical Note

Natalia Maree Belting was born on July 11, 1915 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Her parents encouraged her to read, and she wrote her first book at age six. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1936, and went on to earn a master's degree and Ph.D. in American history (1940) from the same institution. She taught history at her alma mater from 1942 until her retirement. She became an associate professor in 1973, and retired as a full professor. She studied and wrote about the history of Native Americans and early French colonizers in Illinois. This research formed the basis of her first children's book, Pierre of Kaskaskia, as well as her third book, In Enemy Hands. Indy and Mr. Lincoln, and Verity Mullens and the Indian were also based on historical incidents. For the most part though, Belting adapted myths and folktales for young readers. Focusing on a single theme, such as "little people" (Elves and Ellefolk) or the sun (The Sun Is a Golden Earring), Belting usually included ten to twenty myths from around the world. In 1962, The Sun Is a Golden Earring, with illustrations by Bernarda Bryson, was a Caldecott Medal honor book. Throughout her adult life, Belting was active in community affairs, and preached occasionally at Presbyterian churches. As of 1996, she was a professor emerita and still living in Urbana, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Folk music
Vaudeville songs -- United States

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Natalia M. Belting

Acquisition Method: Gift

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Item 1: Patrol of the Scouts, 1908Add to your cart.
Edison Gold Moulded Record: 9960, 2-minute cylinder
Composer: Boccalari, Eduardo 1859-1921
Performer: Edison Symphony Orchestra
Item 2: Paulina, Otto and Fido, 1909Add to your cart.
Edison Standard Record: 9820, 2-minute cylinder
Performer: Jones, Ada
Performer: Spencer, Len, 1867-1914
Item 3: Policeman O'Reilly on Duty, 1909Add to your cart.
Edison Amberol: 4-M 909, 2-minute cylinder
Performer: Porter, Steve, 1864-1936
Item 4: Rainbow, 1909Add to your cart.
Edison Standard Record: 10049, 2-minute cylinder
Creator: Wenrich, Percy 1887-1952
Performer: Jones, Ada
Performer: Murray, Billy
Item 5: Reels and Walk Arounds, 1908Add to your cart.
Edison Amberol: 42, 4-minute cylinder
Performer: Moeslein, Leopold
Performer: Meeker, Edward, 1874-1937
Item 6: Rock Me to Sleep, Mother, 1908Add to your cart.
Edison Gold Moulded Record: 9743, 2-minute cylinder
Composer: Leslie, Ernest 1829-1901
Performer: Edison Male Quartette
Item 7: Safe in the Arms of Jesus, 1902Add to your cart.
Edison Gold Moulded Record: 1539, 2-minute cylinder
Composer: Doane, W. Howard (William Howard), 1832-1915
Performer: Macdonough, Harry, 1871-1931
Item 8: Sim & Sam, the Musical Coons, 1908Add to your cart.
Edison 2 Minute Cylinder 8829
Performer: Spencer, Len, 1867-1914
Performer: Mozarto
Item 9: Schoolmates, 1908Add to your cart.
Edison Standard Record: 10151, 2-minute cylinder
Composer: Edwards, Gus, 1879-1945
Performer: Gardenier, Ed
Performer: Harlan, Byron G.
Item 10: Shall We Meet Beyond the River, 1906Add to your cart.
Edison Gold Moulded Record: 9356
Creator: Rice, Elihu S.
Performer: Anthony, Harry, 1870-1954
Performer: Harrison, James F.
Item 11: Sidewalk Conversation, 1908Add to your cart.
Edison Gold Moulded Record: 9840, 2-minute cylinder
Perfomer: Meeker, Edward
Perfomer: Harrison, James F.
Item 12: Starlight Maid, 1908Add to your cart.
Edison Record: 9938
Creator: Klein, Manuel 1876-1919
Performer: Murray, Billy and chorus

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